Pets For Therapy

Welcome to Pets for Therapy

Our aim is to give
Joy, Love
and Laughter

jojo

JoJo

Nursing Homes and Care Facilities

visited by Pets for Therapy

 

Due to declining health Yvonne will be retiring, and the Pets For Therapy
will cease after 26 years at the end of 2015

 

Age Care Directory

 


List of Care Facilities:

 

  1. ABRI AGED CARE
    BAUER STREET - SOUTHPORT

  2. ALEXANDRA LODGE - Domaine Annexe
    1OOA WARDOO ST, ASHMORE

  3. ANGLICARE DAY RESPITE
    ROBINA
    SOUTHPORT

  4. ARCARE ST JAMES PARK -
    HELENSVALE ROAD - HELENSVALE
    ARCARE HOPE ISLAND

  5. BAVIA HOUSE
    KALIMNA STREET. BROADBEACH WATERS

  6. Bayview Place
    86 Bayview Street , Runaway Bay

  7. BLUE CARE DAY RESPITE
    NELLS COURT - COOMERA

  8. CASSI - SPECIAL NEEDS
    ( PRIVATE HOME VISITS )

  9. COMMUNITY CARE
    ROBINA TOWN CENTRE

  10. CROSSROADS - Special needs
    CNR MARKERI & BUNDALL RD, ROBINA

  11. CYPRESS GARDENS -
    TRI CARE - GOODING DRIVE - CARRARA

  12. DE PAUL VILLA (HIGH CARE)
    EDMOND RICE DRIVE, ASHMORE (OPP . AQUINAS SCHOOL)

  13. DE PAUL VILLA ( LOW CARE )
    EDMOND RICE DRIVE, ASHMORE

  14. DE PAUL DAY RESPITE
    EDMOND RICE DRIVE, ASHMORE

  15. DOMAIN MANOR
    100 WARDOO STREET, ASHMORE

  16. DOMAIN VARSITY RISE , 14 Lake Street Varsity Lakes

  17. EARLE HAVEN - HIBISCUS HOUSE - ORCHID HOUSE - VILLAGE
    70 LAWRENCE DRIVE, NERANG,

  18. EARLE HAVEN - RETIREMENT VILLAGE
    70 LAWRENCE DRIVE, NERANG

  19. FSG SPECIAL NEEDS
    ( PRIVATE HOME VISITS )

  20. GARDEN SETTLEMENT -
    AHERN ST, LABRADOR

  21. GOLD COAST - HOMESTEAD NURSING CENTRE
    142 RESERVE ROAD - UPPER COOMERA - gcnh(at)bigpond.net.au

  22. GOLD COAST ROBINA HOSPITAL
    2 BAYBERRY LANE - ROBINA

  23. Golden Age Retirement
    60 Ridgeway Avenue , Southport

  24. HILLVIEW HOUSE -
    COTLEW STREET, ASHMORE
    GOODING DRIVE MERRIMAC

  25. HEADWAY SPECIAL NEEDS
    ( PRIVATE HOME VISITS )

  26. KEEN AGES
    UNITING CHURCH, MAKERI STREET, ROBINA

  27. LADY SMALL HAVEN -
    ALL CHURCH AVENUE - BENOWA

  28. Leamington Aged Care ,
    55 Worendo Street , Southport

  29. Lions Haven
    9 Pendraat Pde , Hope Island

  30. MERMAID TRI - CARE
    GOLD COAST HW. MERMAID BEACH

  31. MARANA GARDENS -
    10 RIDGEWAY AYE, SOUTHPORT

  32. MASONIC CARE
    101 ALLIED DRIVE - ARUNDEL

  33. MELODY PARK -
    GILSTON ROAD NERANG

  34. MERRIMAC PARK PRIVATE CARE
    50-52 Macadie Way Merrimac

  35. MILPERA COTTAGE DAY RESPITE
    MERON STREET, SOUTHPORT

  36. Mudgeeraba Nursing centre,
    Old Coach Road , Mudgeeraba

  37. MULTICULTURAL CENTRE DAY RESPITE -
    NEILSONS ROAD , CARRARA

  38. OZ CARE - DAY RESPITE
    344 OXLEY DRIVE - RUNAWAY BAY
    MATILDA STREET BURLEIGH HEADS

  39. OZANAM VILLA
    BURLEIGH HEADS
    LABRADOR

  40. Paradise Lakes
    360 Oxley Drive , Runaway Bay

  41. PARKINSONS SOCIETY
    BAVIA HOUSE, BROADBEACH

  42. Parkwood Gardens Ozcare
    100 Usher Street , Labrador

  43. RIVERLODGE
    71 WALTON ST, SOUTHPORT

  44. ROSEMARY HOUSE
    90 ALLIED DRIVE ARUNDEL

  45. RSL Galleon Gardens
    Galleon way , Currumbin

  46. SANDBROOK ASSISTED CARE
    10 Executive Drive Reedy Creek

  47. SOUTHPORT NURSING CARE
    William Street Southport

  48. St Andrews Lutheran aged care
    2 Sullivan Road , Andrews

  49. ST MARTHA'S N/H
    3-7 LEISURE DRIVE - BANORA POINT

  50. TARRANT HOUSE DAY RESPITE
    6 Tarant Drive Mudgeeraba

  51. TALLAI GLADES
    OLD COACH ROAD - MUDGEERABA

  52. TALLEY HEAVEN -
    54 DUDGEON DRIVE - TULLABUDGERE

  53. THE NERANG NURSING HOME
    150 Mylor Street Nerang

  54. THE PINES HAVEN - BLUE NURSES
    APPLECROSS WAY - ELANORA

  55. TRI - CARE LABRADOR
    474 MARINE PARADE - LABRADORE

  56. TERRACES VARSITY LAKES

  57. Villa Serena
    2 Easthill Drive , Robina

  58. Villa La Salle
    32 Bauer Street , Southport

  59. WOODLANDS LODGE BLUE CARE
    ARUNDEL

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Feedback -To Whom It May Concern


Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland

Gympie Road Bold Hills
PO Box 50 Bold Hills Qld 4036 Australia Telephone: (07) 3261 7555
Email: admin@guidedogsqld.com.au
www.guidedogsqld.com.au

 

I am writing with regard to Yvonne Cody, of Southport. I made Yvonne's acquaintance when she volunteered assistance to my position of Resource Officer in the Gold Coast Regional Office of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Old. Yvonne applied her remarkable enthusiasm and dedication very successfully by raising funds for our Association. Guide Dogs Old receives minimal government funding, and therefore relies heavily on community benevolence and the assistance of volunteers like Yvonne.

It is my understanding that for the past eleven and a half years, Yvonne has provided a voluntary service of 'Pets For Therapy' to the Gold Coast community. For the initial nine years, Yvonne provided this service on her own. Due to increasing demand for the service over the past two and a half years, she has recruited and utilised the assistance of volunteers. Pets For Therapy is conducted with temperamentally suitable, obedience trained and qualified dogs.

Yvonne's Pets For Therapy services more than fourty Nursing Homes on the Gold Coast and visits the Rehabilitation Department of Gold Coast Hospital. In addition, Pets For Therapy provides educational talks, which enhance responsible pet ownership, to children within Gold Coast Schools, and provides support to local school fetes. Yvonne and her animals have also worked with children with disabilities.

To my knowledge, Yvonne's Pets For Therapy is the only group which offers this service to nursing home residents in the Gold Coast community. Guide Dogs Queensland is unable to offer Pets as Therapy due to lack of funding in this State.

As a qualified Registered Nurse with five years experience working at Guide Dogs Old, I am an enthusiastic advocate of Pet Therapy. The special bond between humans and companion animals has been recorded throughout history and forms the basis of Pet Therapy. It has multiple benefits, including educational, emotional, psychological, physiological and / or clinical. The therapeutic advantages of Pet Therapy are especially conducive to improving quality of life for elderly residents in long-term care facilities.

Yvonne and her volunteers are to be admired for their outstanding contribution to community well-being. I fully support Yvonne in her quest for funding so that this valuable service can continue. Should you require further information, please feel free to contact me on 5534 8755 or 0416 056 707.

Yours Sincerely
Melissa Bromley 16 February 2001

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Hibiscus House

70 Lawrence Drive, Nerang, Queensland 4211
Phone: (07) 5596 5815

We feel privileged to haveYvonne Cody with her troupe of volunteers and their talented pets as part of our Diversional Therapy Program here at Hibiscus House. They come to the home on a regular basis to visit our residents. It is magical to see each resident's face light up as the pets arrive and go through their tricks.

This is one of the few activities in our program which has no barriers. It is suitable for the resident with cognitive impairment as well as those with no cognitive problems. The physical capabilities of the residents are varied and this program is suitable for all. The residents who are confined to bed can also participate as the pets are taken to their rooms for them to pat and / or cuddle.

Having this interaction with pets helps the residents cope with the feelings of loss and grief they have experienced when they were forced to leave their own beloved pets behind on admission to the Nursing Home. The benefits are also ongoing after the visit as there is much happy reminiscing about the memories of their own pets and of what Yvonne's troupe did while they were here.

We hope Yvonne and her troupe continue to be a part of our Program for many years to come.

Your faithfully

C. Harwood
Diversional Therapist

 

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Labrador Nursing Centre

Yvonne Cody has conducted Pet Therapy sessions at the Labrador Nursing Centre for the last four years and has worked with a team of Volunteers.

I am employed at the Labrador Nusing Centre as a Personal Carer with Specialist skills, and would like to take the opportunity to make the following comments.

As a Personal Carer, I recognise the value of Pet Therapy as a great benefit for elderly people as it encourages them to reminisce about their own pets that they have had in the past.

Pet Therapy also promotes tactile comfort for Aged people with special needs.

Yvonne Cody has also organized Dog Shows at the Labrador Nursing Centre based on certain Theme Days such as Easter and Christmas.

As a Personal Carer, I strongly support Pet Therapy as being of immense value for aged people and elderly people with special needs.

Bland Verheyen - Labrador Nusing Centre 26 February 2001.

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VIEW Clubs of Australia

MAIN BEACH QLD.
Tel No: (07) 5591 3270

 

22/8/98

 

Dear Yvonne,

On behalf of Billie, our President, and all the members of the Runaway Bay Day View Club I thank you for bringing your wonderful Jo Jo to appear in our parade last Wednesday. He is just so fantastic and was so appreciated by our audience.
It is not quite finalised yet but we raised approximately $3000 to forward to The Smith Family and we do appreciate your help in such a good cause.
Thanks again, Yvonne and Jo Jo, the feedback we've had has been terrific, everyone had such a good time.

Yours sincerely, Pam

Hon. Secretary
Pam Woodhead

 

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People Care PTY.LTD

Orchid House Hostel
Earle Haven Retirement and Leisure Resort

Nerang

6.2.01

The benefits of "Pet Therapy"

Mrs. Yvonne Cody and her pet poodle "Jo-Jo", have been visiting our Hostel for the past five years bringing indescribable joy by way of "pet therapy" to rnany of our residents.

Mrs. Cody has been an inspiration to others and has encouraged and inspired volunteers and their pet dogs to join as a group. This group provides enjoyment and entertainment, through therapy and actions, to elderly citizens.

Each month, Yvonne and the volunteers spend many hours in training their pets for the current monthly theme e.g.: Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, Mothers Day and St. Patrick's Day.
The group makes sets and costumes in great detail for each theme. Each pet is impeccably groomed for the presentations and with many volunteers making the commitment to travel distances to each venue, the results are outstanding.

To the delight of the residents many of the themes include little gifts, whether it be a little posy of flowers for Christmas or little heart shaped chocolates set on cards for Mothers Day - each gift lovingly made by Yvonne.

The impact of these visits on each of our residents who attend the presentations is quite visible to our staff. As the dogs go through their routines, the room fills with smiles and the residents obvious delight can be heard throughout the Hostel.

At the end of the presentation, the residents have the opportunity to pat the dogs and chat to the volunteers. This is a very beneficial time. This interaction is precious, often stimulating past and pleasant memories of a time gone by, or just providing a great opportunity for the residents to communicate tiosely with these gentle, loving animals and their owners.

We congratulate Yvonne and her volunteer group for their tireless time and effort to bring education, interaction, participation and obvious joy to the residents of Orchid House and other aged care facilities.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrea Melville
Hostel Manager

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Blue Care

Pines Haven
Residential Care Centre

Elenora - Ph: (07) 5534 5433

 

Mrs.Yvonne Cody and her "Pets for Therapy" group have been attending our centre regularly for the past 18 months. - -

The group consists of several different dogs that perform various tricks and acts using props, which have to be erected by the group prior to the performance. The owners of the animals obviously spend a lot of time training the animals as well as designing and making the props.

The residents thoroughly enjoy the time the group attends especially the chance to pat or nurse the animals. Yvonne uses her camera to capture these special moments and we keep them in an album. The visit is talked about for some time.

The residents suffering from dementia particularly enjoy the show. The big smiles and eagerness to handle the animals can see this.

The residents and staff value the visits and would love to see them continue.

Yours sincerely

Anne Carless

Hostel Supervisor.

 


River Lodge Aged Care Facility

Southport - Ph; (07) 5532 6711

21.2.2001

The Pet Therapy, which Yvonne Cody offers to our residents, is of great value to our residents because of the touch, feel, sight, smell and warmth they can gain from all of their senses, creating the complete experience.

The dogs provided for this activity are extremely well groomed, highly trained, or are being trained during same activity, giving humor and praise to the animals.
The props are of the highest standard with a wide variety of sets and scenes for all the calendar year occasions.

One of the greatest rewards of the Pet Therapy is the 'hands on' experience for our residents. We feel Yvonne and her pet handlers provide an invaluable service and experience for who ever they come into contact with.

River Lodge Aged Care Facility highly recommends and supports Yvonne registering as a Community Service.

Yours faithfully
On behalf of residents and staff
Angela Manthey
Administration Manager

 


We have many more letters, too many to show them all.
We like to thank you all for your great feedback.

If need be we can provide more letters from the following Homes and Centres:

Paradise Lakes Nursing Centre

Churches of Christ Care

Villa La Lalle

Gold Coast Nursing Home

Leamington Nursing Home

Nerang Community Respite Care

 

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